Gawad Kalinga

GawadKalinga (GK) (“to give care in Tagalog”) is a Philippine poverty alleviation and nation-building movement known officially as the GawadKalinga Community Development Foundation Incorporated.  It is an alternative solution to the blatant problem of poverty not just in the Philippines but in the world.  GK’s vision for the Philippines is a slum-free nation through a simple strategy of providing land for the landless, homes for the homeless, food for the hungry and as a result providing dignity and peace for every Filipino.


Ending poverty for 5 million families by 2024


GawadKalinga is building a nation empowered by people with faith and patriotism; a nation made up of caring and sharing communities, dedicated to eradicate poverty and restore human dignity








Gawad Kalinga SIARGAO

Surf and Build!

HISTORY:Around 2011-2012, LGU Del Carmen purchased a land (1.98 ha) at Brgy. Lobogon without knowing yet what to do about it.  Months later, the barangay chairman of Brgy. Lobogon called the Mayor informing him of some families that will be directly affected by the road widening program of DPWH.  It’s a familiar picture that houses are built alongside the road.  Mayor Alfredo “JR” Coro II, then the mayor (up to the present) and a GK volunteer, sought GawadKalinga Surigao del Norte through Efren Ravelo, the GK Provincial Head.Thus, finding the reason of why that particular parcel of land was purchased: October 19, 2012 – groundbreaking of the first GK village. On April 2013, the 1stBayani Challenge in Caraga Region was done in Del Carmen, Siargao Islands to start the first GK Siargao Village and Program.WalangIwanan!!

LOCATION: GK Del Carmen is located at Purok 5, Brgy. Lobogon, Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte

2013: Berjaya GK Village with 29 families and 1 guesthouse/GK Office 2016: Federal Land GK Village.  It is now home to 19 families and 1 guesthouse.
2015: LBC GK Village.  It is now home to 20 families. 2017: Berjaya GK Village (New!)


GK Siargao Moving Forward

We hope to make Siargao Island a GawadKalinga island. GK General Luna will rise during the Bayani Challenge 2017




Municipality of Del Carmen

Province of Surigao del Norte

1st District Congressional Office of Surigao del Norte

Berjaya Group of Companies

LBC Foundation

Federal Land

Barangay Lobogon, Del Carmen

Association of Barangay Captains of Del Carmen

Metro Siargao Alliance of Sustainable Development

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish


Surigao State College of Technology – Del Carmen Campus

Department of Education – Siargao Division

Philippine National Police

Bureau of Fire of the Philippines

Bureau of Jail Management

Department of Social Welfare and Development

Department of Health

Department of Public Works and Highways

Department of Tourism

Siargao Electric Cooperative

Siargao Tourism Operators Association


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